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Sevilla join chase for Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso — report

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Contenders in Conte’s path

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Following three years of nearly exclusive ownership of the left flank, Marcos Alonso’s time at Chelsea might be coming to an end. A relative lack of minutes on the pitch — though still more than Emerson! — combined with Chelsea’s intention to keep getting younger and also fund mega-transfers such as Kai Havertz are the factors at play here.

A reunion with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Inter has been mooted, but Alonso’s path may lead him elsewhere. Over in Spain, Sevilla football director, Monchi is apparently eyeing him, at least according to a report from local outlet Estadio Deportivo.

Sevilla will be losing at least one of their two main left back options, Sergio Reguillón and Sergio Escudero, at the end of the season. The former will return to Real Madrid once his loan ends (no buy-option for Sevilla), whereas the latter has several offers on the table to leave the team this summer, and it is likely that he would prefer a change of scenery after a season in which he rarely saw the pitch.

With Sevilla back in Champions League football, Monchi is seeking players that can bring “balance” to Jesús Navas’ “offensive supremacy”, with the 34-year old former winger now captaining the team from the right-back position. Among Monchi’s “A-options” is Marcos Alonso, although he knows that acquiring the son of former Sevilla coach Marcos Alonso Peña will not be a simple or easy task.

Monchi is reportedly hoping that Chelsea will set an affordable price for Alonso in the market, even with three years left on his current contract. If that happens, the other part of the task will be to convince Alonso that going back home and choosing to work with former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui, who gave him his national team debut in 2018, is the best option for him.